2019-20 Season Speakers :
2nd Jan : Will Joyce :The Search for Intelligent Life in Deep Space
Details to follow... possibly
6th Feb John Fox : Astrophotography using a DSLR and a normal photographic mount
To be confirmed
5th Mar : Greg Smye-Rumsby: “Space, what’s it all about?”
To be confirmed
2nd Apr : Melanie Davies : Living in Space
To be confirmed
7th May Danny Thomas : Modelling the Constellations in 3D
"Modelling the Constellations in 3D” covers a challenge that I set myself to model constellations so that they could be displayed from the sides without changing the scale.
The talk covers the different types of coordinate systems, the data sets and program design.
A large part of the talk is the demo which uses various constellations to tell the story behind the patterns, the interesting features and how they move in time.
4th Jun : ESAS Telescope Fest
We’re having a repeat of our successful practical evening when members (and non-members) can bring their equipment to discuss their problems – and find solutions - with more experienced fellow members.
Don’t worry that your equipment problem is too trivial to bring up – any problem that stops you enjoying your hobby is a problem needing a solution – and we can provide it!
More expert astronomers, whom we would love to see to help other less experienced members, please come along with equipment if possible.
Even if you don’t (yet) have equipment of your own, come and see the Society’s loan equipment and discuss its loan to you to help you in your hobby.
So, equipment or not, come along and have a relaxing evening with likeminded people.
2nd Jul : Professor Chris Lintott: “The Crowd and the Cosmos”
Details to be confirmed
5th Dec 2019 : Dr. Jan Drozd : A Pale Blue Dot – Earth from an Alien’s Perspective
Dr Jan Drozd is a retired biological (microbiology and biochemistry) scientist who has worked in academia, industry and government. He was once the recipient of a Royal Society European Research Fellowship. He is a member of Wadhurst Astronomy Society and is interested in many aspects of astronomy. He has written several articles for Popular Astronomy, the magazine of the Society for Popular Astronomy.
In this Decembers' meeting, Jan considers how intelligent and advanced aliens who study exoplanets, in a similar way that we do, might piece together the history of the Earth’s formation, the evolution of life and its impact on the environment on this “pale blue dot” we call home.
Many of us will be familiar with the opening mission statement from the original Star Trek TV series:
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.
We are so used to looking outwards from our planet, that it is interesting to consider how curious and dispassionate aliens, from a more scientifically advanced civilisation than ours, with a similar mission statement to the above, might piece together the history of the Earth’s formation, the evolution of life and its impact on the environment on this “pale blue dot” we call home.
7th November AGM and Members' Evening : Lester Selmes, Rosemary Selmes, Peter Bolwell, Mark Jarvis
SPACE JUNK, by Peter Bolwell Peter’s talk concerns the risks posed to space flight - both manned and unmanned - by discarded pieces of debris from previous missions which have been left in orbit, and the continuing disregard for the problem as ever more satellites are launched into space.
Then two founder members of ESAS:
MY TELESCOPE PROJECT, by Lester Selmes Lester’s talk is about a telescope installation at his home, which I believe contains some reference to road works!
ISAAC NEWTON TELESCOPE VISIT, by Rosemary Selmes Rosemary will recount a holiday trip to the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma where the INT was moved from Herstmonceux in 1984.
Then last, but by no means least: CHASING THE ISS, by Mark Jarvis. Mark will briefly cover how to find out when and where the International Space Station will be visible and how to photograph transits of the Sun and Moon.
3rd Oct 2019 Dr Stephen Wilkins : James Webb Telescope and associated science
Talking about the technical background and history of the JWT project. About the technology and about the problems encountered that has led to the delays that we are all aware of.
Dr Stephen Wilkins also informed us about https://www.brightonwonderfest.com/ and the involvement that we could all provide.
5th Sept 2019 Ian Whiteley : The Royal Greenwich Observatory at Herstmonceux
Ian has thoroughly researched the RGO’s history, especially its time at Herstmonceux and will be using unique video interviews with RGO staff to illustrate his talk.
Astronomers who worked at the RGO in its Herstmonceux years share their memories of discovering the first stellar mass black hole, job interviews with the Astronomer Royal and earning 'a bob a night' on observation duty (video presentation).